Mary Dowling Whiskey Company Debuts Two Bourbons


August 15, 2023

Mary Dowling Whiskey Company bottles

Mary Dowling Whiskey Company, an inspirational new Kentucky bourbon brand, announced the debut of its premiere whiskey lineup, featuring two distinctive expressions, one finished in tequila barrels and another finished in second oak barrels.

Mary Dowling was the most successful and influential female distiller in the male-dominated world of pre-Prohibition bourbon. Her legacy, which led directly to bourbon’s designation as America’s native spirit, earned her the moniker of “Mother of Bourbon.”

Her story — filled with various life-altering events, including the death of her husband, a distillery fire, the founding of a bank, furious legal battles and shifting production to Juárez, Mexico, during Prohibition — had been unknown by many and lost for decades until now. Today, the Mary Dowling Whiskey Company is on a mission to share her untold story with the world through two whiskeys that pay homage to her legacy.

Mary Dowling Whiskey Company is a joint venture between Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame Whiskey Maker, Kaveh Zamanian, and Pernod Ricard. The initial bourbon lineup includes two whiskeys that commemorate the 100th anniversary of Mary’s ultimate triumph over the dry laws and her instrumental role in keeping the Kentucky whiskey industry alive. Both are a true testament to Mary’s extraordinary journey.

Tequila Barrel is a Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey finished in tequila barrels to honor Mary’s distillery in Juarez. High rye double malt Kentucky straight bourbon is rested for a minimum of four years in new toasted and charred Kelvin Cooperage American Oak casks. The liquid is then transferred to Appalachian American Oak tequila barrels, revealing aromas suffused with a genuinely distinct bourbon expression.

Double Oak Barrel is a Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey presented at double oak cask strength. Double oak cask strength Kentucky straight bourbon is rested in two different oak barrels from Kelvin Cooperage – the first in heavy toasted and Char #3 New American Oak barrels, the second in lightly toasted and Char #1 New American Oak barrels. The liquid benefits from a longer maturation process, creating a deeper, richer taste.

Mary Dowling Whiskey Company’s new expressions are available for purchase at select retailers in KY, NJ, MD, DC, FL, GA, TX, IL, CO, MI, MO and LA. Tequila Barrel is 46.5–47.5 ABV (93% PROOF) and retails for $75. Double Oak Barrel is 53.5 ABV (107% PROOF) and retails for $130.

To learn more about Mary Dowling Whiskey Company’s latest offerings, alongside Mary’s remarkable life and legacy, visit